Dry Bones

And He said to me, “Son of  man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

Ezekiel 37:3 NKJV

Ever since I began to read the Bible I have been fascinated by the story of the dry bones coming alive. Recently I was studying Ezekiel for my Old Testament Messages class and something hit me. This story is not just relevant to the Israelites. This story can be applied to our lives too.

In Ezekiel’s vision God shows him a valley full of dry bones. He has the prophet prophesy to the bones and slowly they come to life. These bones become an army! God then tells Ezekiel how this vision is symbolism for the children of Israel. But as I said, this prophecy can be made known in our lives too.

Before we are saved by Christ’s blood we are like the dry bones. There is no life in us. We are dead. But then we start to learn more about Christ and God and slowly get closer to becoming a Christian. The final stroke is when the Spirit enters the body and brings it to life. That happens when we accept the gift of salvation! These dry bones come to life!

I just wanted to share that little revelation I had tonight. I hope it was as interesting to you as it was me. God bless and I hope you have a great rest of the week.

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Joy + Faith = Patience

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2‭-‬4 NKJV

Joy

  • Pleasure, delight
  • Growing delight in the Lord and His presence
  • Being content in the situation He has placed you

Faith

  • Confidence, trust
  • Complete trust in God and His ability to handle the situation

Patience

  • Tolerance, longsuffering
  • The capacity to endure struggles without getting angry or upset

God instructs us on what to do when we are sent through the fire or trials. First, we are to be content/joyful where God has placed us even though it may be hard. Second, we are to have faith that God will bring us through. These together will produce patience. That patience will help us continue the cycle.

Joy + Faith = Patience

If you are going through a trial right now I hope these words from James encourage you. God keeps leading me back to this chapter. As I study it in my personal study I will being sharing it with ya’ll. I pray God uses my mere thoughts to help you in some way. Have a great rest of the week everyone. Here is a song to help you through: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUISd7LSxAQ. God bless.

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Practice What You Preach

Today in my Fundamentals of Counseling class I stumbled upon some great inspiration. We who are in ministry are called, specifically, to practice what we preach.

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.

Luke 6:40

A common phrase I heard growing up was, “do as I say not as I do.” According to this verse, that is the last thing a teacher of the Word should be saying. Jesus tells us that the person being trained will follow the teacher. In other words, do what the teacher does.

For example, if a preacher says that lying is wrong then he should not lie. If he does lie then that could make the congregation think that lying is actually okay. The preacher must practice what he preaches. If a teacher of the Word does not follow it and the people being taught stumble, then the fault is on the teacher.

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.

Mark 9:42

This goes for everyone who does any kind of ministry. Whether you are a counselor at a camp, a youth group leader, a pastor, or simply a parent you need to practice what you preach. I sure would not want to be the one leading people astray. God bless.

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The Fallacies of Perfectionism

Sunday, at church, we briefly touched on the topic of perfectionism. That happened Friday at Society meeting also. I personally have had a lot of problems with perfectionism. It kept me from getting help for my mental problems and from truly enjoying life. But with God’s help I have been slowly breaking free from the bonds of the perfect.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8

Nobody is perfect. Only Jesus is perfect. So if we hide our weaknesses and say that we are perfect, then we are lying. That breaks God’s law. We sin when we try to be perfect. The idea of possibly becoming perfect in ourselves is straight from the devil.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Perfectionism is a lie. We cannot be perfect. Indeed, when we are broken and imperfect God will be glorifies in it. Do not fear to be imperfect. That is how we are in this fallen world. In the end, when Christ returns, He will renew our sin-filled bodies. Perfectionism is a fallacy until that day.

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LIFE: Learning In Forever Status

My best friend Tina wrote this a few nights ago.

So, you think you know yourself. But do you really? As I see it, life is a constant learning experience. It’s a mystery in which you have to discover everything. You can either let someone outside help, help you in each discovery, or do it on your own. You can look to religion as your guide, and/or other people for advice and help. Either way, you are constantly learning about something. You are learning about yourself, friends, and everything else that comes with life. I believe that you learn about yourself everyday. I also believe that to be a good, true friend, you must look to learn something new from them everyday. You might think you know someone, but since that person is still discovering him/herself, how can you know everything?

I personally am learning something new about myself and my closest friends all the time! It’s okay not to know everything cuz it isn’t possible. For us, we don’t have all the answers so we must look for them. However, God is truly the only one who knows all the answers. We are sorta left for trial and error on our own. With God’s help, things might be a little easier as He helps us discover ourselves. But no matter what, we must learn to love ourselves and be okay with who we are!

Update

Hi ya’ll. I know I have been gone for a couple months but I’m back! So many amazing things have happened since last I posted. First, I worked as a counselor for two weeks at Camp Summers and Manget in Cameron, South Carolina. That was such a great experience! I have always loved working with kids and I so enjoyed being a counselor at a Christian camp.

During that time something even more amazing happened. The Bible says in Proverbs 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” As I was doing God’s work at camp, He sent the desire of my heart. That would be a significant other that will hopefully become my spouse later on down the line. My friend Nic asked me to be his girlfriend on June 27th. And of course I said yes.

I went to camp myself too this month and had an amazing experience. Almost everybody there was moved by the spirit including myself. I rededicated my life to Christ on the last night of camp. You may know that I have been struggling through a period of depression in my life this year. But God has pulled me out of that and I am so grateful. So I realigned my heart with His at camp. I still struggle on some days but I am so much better than I was a month ago.

This summer is not over quite yet though. I still have several more trips to go on before leaving for college at the end of next month. God has provided the funds for me to go without having to pay a dime out of my own pocket. He is so great! I am so excited for this next season in life. Please make sure to keep me in your prayers.

I’m getting back into the blogging game. My break is hopefully over and I am going to start posting again. I also set up a Instagram account for the blog so go follow it @weare.youngtheologians. And check out my personal Instagram @save_by_music_and_grace. I love ya’ll so much and thanks for sticking around while I reset my life. Have a great rest of the summer! God bless.

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Outward vs. Inward

It seems to me that the church often judges people on the outward appearance. This saddens me greatly. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Samuel learned a great lesson that day which we can learn too.

Let me give you a modern day example. Say someone walked into your church Sunday. This person has several tattoos and a nose piercing. Are you going to shun them or accept them? I have noticed that a lot of people would choose the first option. But no this is not what Christ would do. He would go to that person and welcome them. He does not look on the outward appearance. He looks at the person’s heart.

I am not trying to bash anyone with this post. I am just as guilty of judging the outside as anyone else. But lately God has been showing me how wrong that is. So personally I have made the decision to get to know someone before I turn them away. Just because someone has tattoos or piercings does not mean they are not a Christian. Anyone who tells you that is lying. God does not judge the outside, He judges by the condition of your heart.

I don’t know how much sense that makes but this has been really bothering me lately. I have been praying and thinking on the topic a lot. So what are your thoughts? I would really like to discuss this more and find out what my fellow Christians think. Is it wrong to say someone can’t be saved just because they don’t look like the perfect mold? God bless!

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Faith

Those all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

Hebrews 11:13 NKJV

This past weekend I was at a Christian retreat in the mountains of Georgia. I love going there because there is no cell service and so it is like you are in another world. No outside contact or influence from the messed up world we live in. You can really focus on God there.

During the last service, Sunday night, the above verse stood out to me. Hebrews 11 is known as the “faith chapter.” I encourage you to go read it but for now lets focus on verse 13.

The writer of Hebrews goes over many different examples of people from history that lived in faith in God. These people lived on faith. They did not see the product of their faith though. But they still believed in God’s plan for their lives until they died. That is what all Christians should do. We need to believe and have faith that God will lead us. He has a plan for our lives and He uses everything we go through for good. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

God bless!

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Verses to Live By

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20

These verses are ones we can all live by. As Christians we are to listen to our fellow man, particularly our family in Christ. Sit down with your brother or sister in need. Listen to them. Sometimes if one is hurting that is all they need. We are also to think before we speak. This will keep us from lashing out in anger. Being slow to wrath is probably the most important instruction from these verses. If we do not control our anger many people can get hurt, particularly the ones we love. So be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. God bless and ya’ll have a great week.

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For the Lord

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.

Colossians 3:23

This is one of those verses that are great to memorize. Or if you have a bad memory like me, put on a post it note. Everything we do should be done for the Lord. And it should be done heartily or joyfully.

Friday night was the graduation ceremony for the homeschool group I belong to. I have officially graduated high school! This summer is going to be very busy and the next four years at college will be too. I do my best to remember to follow the above verse. When I clean toilets while working at camp I do it for the Lord. When I am completing a paper for class I do it for the Lord. Many times I will forget to do that and get discouraged. But when I remember to do my work as for the Lord I am given strength. With God nothing is impossible, Philippians 4:13.

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